It’s amazing to think about how much has changed with Google Reader since it was released back in October of 2005. They’ve done a great job of making some major revisions to the service by adding new features and tweaking the interface so that it’s easier and more efficient to use. Some of the most useful features that they’ve added are the keyboard shortcuts, offline access, the option to search in all feeds across all updates from subscriptions, and the choice between list view or expanded view. Yesterday they announced two more features that I think you’ll find just as useful- personalized recommendations and easier organization with the option to drag-and-drop feeds.

top recommendations google reader Personalized recommendations will be great for those of you who want to find more feeds to add to your list that might interest you. When you log in to Google Reader, you’ll notice to the right a section that says “Top Recommendations.” Then click “View all” and you’ll be taken to the “Discover and search for feeds” page.  There you’ll see a whole list of feeds that they think you may find interesting.  This is based upon other feeds that you subscribe to, and your Web History data, so it should be pretty relevant.

drag-drop google reader To help organize all of your feeds, they’ve made it easier with a drag-and-drop feature.  Not only can you drag and drop items in folders, you can also drag and drop your subscriptions. Just click on an item and drag it to where you’d like it to be and then drop it. It’s pretty cut and dry and should help make organizing all of your feeds much easier.

Source: Google Reader Blog

There Are 6 Comments

  1. Why don’t they add drag&drop to Gmail? I guess probably tagging would be a little odd.

  2. This is so great! I love finding new blogs, but it’s rare when you actually find a good one. I can’t wait for future improvements on GoogleReader.

  3. Wonderful! The number of feeds I have to read just doubled in 5 minutes! 8O

    One thing I think they should add is filters, similar to Gmail. I have a feed for my website, so I can see what it looks like. I get excited when I have a new feed (procrastination at it’s best). I don’t like opening Reader just to find that it’s my own post that is new.

  4. I am constantly amazed at how quick (most of the time!)Google will stay on top of their products and make a useful change to it. I won’t really use the Recommendation’s now available for Google Reader since it is so limited. But I sure will use the heck out of the Drag-n-Drop functionality that has been sorely missing from this application.

  5. Yay, no more “*tech” to make sure my tech feeds are the first in the list :D.

    Andrew- Just use yahoo pipes. You can filter feeds and do all types of crazy crap.

  6. netster007x wrote:
    Why don’t they add drag&drop to Gmail? I guess probably tagging would be a little odd.

    I don’t think it would necessarily be bad, but probably not something I would use much since their label system is already pretty fast.

    Lily wrote:
    This is so great! I love finding new blogs, but it’s rare when you actually find a good one. I can’t wait for future improvements on GoogleReader.

    I’ve found some good blogs from the recommendations, too. I’m actually liking this new feature.

    Andrew wrote:
    Wonderful! The number of feeds I have to read just doubled in 5 minutes! 8O
    One thing I think they should add is filters, similar to Gmail. I have a feed for my website, so I can see what it looks like. I get excited when I have a new feed (procrastination at it’s best). I don’t like opening Reader just to find that it’s my own post that is new.

    Filters are a really good idea for Google Reader, and it would help tremendously for finding the information you care the most about. I’d have to guess that because of the insane number of feeds some people subscribe to, however, it would be extremely processor intensive and not something they have the power for right now.

    DKong wrote:
    Yay, no more “*tech” to make sure my tech feeds are the first in the list :D.

    I did that kind of stuff to sort my feeds, too. Sometimes I would use numbers to sort multiple feeds in a specific order.

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